The Q&A Archives: No Buds On Weepingdogwood

Question: we purchased a weeping dogwood for cheep (last years stock). because there are no buds we're not sure if it is dead or dormant,we also have a tricolor birch the buds were dried up.same ? dead or dormant. what should we do?

Answer: Dried out buds and crispy twigs without any green inside them are usually a bad sign. First, remove any wood that is truly dead starting at the tip of each branch and working in toward the trunk. If the tree is still alive, patience is all you can do, the plants may leaf out eventually, sometimes they surprise us in late May by showing life. If they show life only below the graft, then the tree will be whatever was used as the rootstock rather than the grafted top.

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